Left to right—Cavit Ugur, Geoffrey Arend and Emre Eldener.
late last year there has been a new logo and president at The International
Association of Transport and Logistic Service Providers (UTIKAD), the
largest non-governmental organization in the Turkish transportation and
UTIKAD as an organization is a bright star
on the Turkish logistics landscape, representing a robust and growing
membership on many platforms both at home and abroad.
UTIKAD is a driving force for good, contributing
critical information to its members that assures Turkish adherence to
international standards in the industry.
UTIKAD also spends time and resources addressing
sustainable development whilst conducting critical training activities
aimed toward further development and refinement of the logistics culture
Bright, effusive, and seemingly never out
of ideas to drive the next big thing, Emre Eldener is current President
“Our new branding that debuted last
year is meant to project the dynamism that the UTIKAD partnership brings
to the table in every facet of the logistics business,” Emre exclaimed.
“Today, as the industry in Turkey
and beyond transitions to even greater heights, developing cost sustainability,
education, and innovation not to mention improving speed in service delivery
“For example, right now we are working
to gain better position in world logistics by supporting efforts in Turkey
to accelerate improvement of infrastructure, including development of
seamless rail connections between Asia and Turkey.
“The project to build a tunnel under
the Bosporus has created a new paradigm in rail and over-the-road connectivity
to these growing world markets.
“Today UTIKAD is 450-members strong.
‘We are a non-governmental organization.
“Our membership is both large and active.
“Transportation professionals know
that UTIKAD is good for business,” Mr. Eldener assures.
Built A Great
Emre Eldener is CEO of Kita, a company he
has led for the past twenty-one years.
The word Kita in Turkish means continent,
was founded in Izmir, and operates in six countries with 300 employees.
In other words, Kita is a dynamic leader
of freight forwarding in Turkey and beyond that operates its own warehouses
and trucking fleet.
Emre studied mechanical engineering in college.
Asked what has been his takeaway from his
schooling and professional life both in business and also leading the
biggest cross-section of transportation professionals in Turkey, Emre
answers directly and without hesitation.
“October 20, 1927, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,
founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from
1923 until his death in 1938, delivered a speech to Turkish youth that
has had a profound impact on my life:
“‘O Turkish child of future
“‘As you see, even under these
circumstances and conditions, it is your duty to save the Turkish Independence
and the Republic!’
“‘The strength that you will
need is present in the noble blood which flows in your veins!’
“This is just an excerpt from his
words, but I have never forgotten them,” Emre Eldener said.
“My immediate predecessor, Turgut
Erkeskin, did a great job advancing UTIKAD.
“I spend two days a week continuing
to build and develop the organization.
“We have set up working groups to
address issues and conduct regular decision making board meetings as well.
“Everybody has to deal with a myriad
of agencies as transportation here continues record growth.
“So keeping things simple for our
membership is well served with regular and far ranging meetings and encounters
every month,” Emre said.
On April 26, UTIKAD General Manager Mr.
Cavit Ugur accepted the Sustainable Logistics Certificate prepared by
the independent certification and audit agency Bureau Veritas Business
Association in Turkey.
The recognition was given on behalf of UTIKAD’s
groundbreaking efforts to foster even more “Low Carbon Heroes”
“The environmental effects of the
transportation and logistics sector must be addressed continually from
now on,” Mr. Ugur declared.
“We know that sustainable development
can be possible with low greenhouse gas emissions and low carbon policies.
“With this awareness and consciousness
we are trying to contribute to the world, to our country, to the sector,
and to our members.
“The Sustainable Logistics Certificate,
which is the first and the only in the world, is also the best example
of international best practice,” Emre Eldener said.
In The Picture (from left)—ZTO Express Chairman Mr. Mei
Song LAI, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive
Committee Mr. M. Ilker Ayc¦, Pal Air Ltd. Vice-Chairman Ms. Vivian
Lau, and Turkish Cargo Chief Cargo Officer Say¦n Turhan Özen.
Turkish Airlines Cargo, ZTO Express China, and
PAL Air Ltd. (Hong Kong) signed an MoU for a JV to build a global
express/courier company mainly focusing on the global e-commerce
market, offering, among other things, full door-to-door services.
“We are delighted to make this strategic
move into Global Express business together with the strong partnership
of ZTO and our long term cross border forwarding partner, PAL Air
Ltd. from Hong Kong,” declared M. Ilker Ayc¦, Chairman of
the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines.
“In 5 years’ time we expect our JV
to generate over 2 billion USD of revenue,” Mr. Ayc¦ said.
“New Istanbul New Airport will be opened
by 29th of October this year and it will function as Turkish Airlines’
main operating hub.
“Eventually providing Turkish Cargo up to
4 million tons of cargo handling capacity, e-commerce products marketed
globally via this Joint Venture via the Istanbul Mega Cargo Hub
will provide maximum value to our customers worldwide,” Mr.
Turkish Cargo moved Turkish-grown Bing
Cherries this week from Istanbul to Norway via its A330 freighters.
As the supermarkets of Norway receive the luscious Turkish
delight, we celebrate the season in song (from our “Bing”
Crosby, The Mills Brothers, and The Boswell Sisters) with “Life
Is Just A Bowl of Cherries” from 1931.